Report: Tottenham looked into a late move to sign Wilfried Zaha

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The Athletic have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur explored a late move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha before the transfer window slammed shut last night. 

Deadline day proved to be uneventful at Tottenham, with no first-team players leaving and no new stars coming in.

However, reports had indicated that Spurs were on the lookout for an attacker to replace Bryan Gil before allowing the winger to join Valencia (Fabrizio Romano).

Leeds United’s Dan James was one of the attackers who was thought to be on Tottenham’s radar (Evening Standard) but the Wales international ended up joining Fulham on loan on deadline day.

That meant that Spurs blocked Gil’s loan move to the Mestalla, with the decision reportedly leaving Valencia unhappy as the North London club had previously indicated to the La Liga club that the 21-year-old would be allowed to leave (Tom Allnutt).

The Athletic have now claimed that it is not just James Spurs were after but Antonio Conte’s men also explored a late move for Zaha. However, the Lilywhties were seemingly not able to push through a deal for the Palace star.

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I do not think signing Zaha would have made sense for Spurs. The Palace star would have wanted regular game time, which he was not going to get. He is at his best playing off the left – the same as both Son and Richarlison.

Zaha is the sort of character who would have likely sulked if left on the bench, which would not have been good for dressing room morale. I am not displeased at Tottenham’s decision to keep Gil as the winger would be a decent option from the bench for Conte.

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